Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.)

  • Shrikant Hiwale


Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) is one of the important semiarid fruits cultivated commercially in over 1.25 Lakh hectare areas in Western India. Its cultivation is possible even on marginal degraded lands that have previously been found unsuitable for growing crops. Apart from this, its ability to withstand salinity in soil and water has, to some extent, led this crop to emerge as a hardy fruit crop. It is commercially grown for its sweet-acidic fruits, which provide a cool refreshing juice and are valued for their medicinal properties. Its popularity is also due to the ornamental nature of the plant, particularly the bright red flowers that appear throughout the year. Its antioxidant properties are well known. The juice and seed contain large quantities of tannin and agolic acid, which are essential in the cure of several diseases. The fruit can be successfully grown under even purely rain-fed conditions in semiarid areas. In recent years, pomegranate cultivation has become an economically viable proposition. Large acreage is covered with new varieties such as Bhagwa, Arakta, and Mridula. Furthermore, some anardana types have also developed Goma khatta.


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  • Shrikant Hiwale
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  1. 1.Fruit CropsCentral Horticultural Experiment StationVejalpurIndia

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